With the end of the 2018 World Juniors, the proposed groups for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Vancouver and Victoria have been announced.
For the first time since 2006 the World Juniors will go to the Canadian west coast as Vancouver and Victoria in the province of British Columbia will host the event.
Group A with host Canada, the Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland and Denmark will be played at the 18,910-seat Rogers Arena, the home of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks and venue of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Group B in Victoria includes Sweden, USA, Finland, Slovakia and recently-promoted Kazakhstan, and will be played at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The 7,006-seat rink is home to the WHL’s Victoria Royals.
Packages for the event are already on sale. In Vancouver there’s a full pack with 19 games (18 from the tournament and a Team Canada exhibition game) starting at $650. One group, two quarter-final games, both semi-final games and both medal games will be played in Vancouver.
The full pack for Victoria features 14 games, including 10 preliminary-round games, two quarter-final games and two Team Canada exhibition games, starting at $399.
The schedule will be announced at a later date.
More information can be found on the official website of the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, 2019.worldjunior.hockey, which is available in English and French.